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Outsourcing is not working and it hurts working Tennesseans

The Republican governor of Tennessee’s outsourcing plan for state facilities is hurting workers and wasting taxpayer money to the multinational giant JLL, but he refuses to listen to 75 lawmakers who have demanded he halt the program. Other outsourcing experiments in the state have been dismal failures. “Costs to taxpayers more than doubled when the state motor pool was outsourced. We couldn’t get students’ test scores when we outsourced our TNReady standardized testing services. At UT-Knoxville, outsourcing of custodial services was such a disaster that the university brought the services back in-house.”

Source: www.tennessean.com

Boston mass transit privatization scheme proceeds through bullying and tricks

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is forging ahead with its plans to privatize key elements of the system. “Because the bus maintenance workers are represented by Machinists Union District 15 rather than the Carmen’s union, they are not covered by the December agreement and therefore vulnerable to attack. Management is also discussing plans to create ‘new’ bus routes which would be contracted out to for-profit vendors with the excuse that they didn’t exist at the time of the agreement. Opportunities for MBTA workers to make overtime are being slashed, with the FMCB considering the use of private bus companies, such as Peter Pan, to provide shuttle service when subway lines are closed for repairs.”

Source: www.wsws.org

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